Rainbow Smoothie Bowls
They say you should eat the rainbow for a healthy diet, and this rainbow smoothie bowl makes it easy! It’s a delicious breakfast loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants—everything you need to start your day off right.
Yes, “taste the rainbow” is from Skittles ads, but “eat the rainbow” is some pretty solid nutrition advice. (As long as the rainbow you’re eating isn’t made of Skittles, of course.)
Different vitamins and antioxidants are associated with different colors in fruits and vegetables. This means that if you eat a whole rainbow of colors in a meal, you’re getting a wide range of nutrients. A rainbow smoothie bowl is the perfect way to work some extra nutrition into your breakfast—and it’s also super tasty!
Did we mention it’s easy too? Slice and dice your fruit the night before and you can have this ready in the morning with just a few minutes of work!
About this rainbow smoothie bowl
We’ve shared a few smoothie bowl recipes here before—Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Bowl and Berry Smoothie Bowl, for two—but this rainbow smoothie bowl is definitely the most colorful! If you love color don’t miss our rainbow pancake cereal!
The smoothie bowl concept is simple. Instead of a sippable smoothie, you’ll blend your smoothie a little bit thicker, so it can be eaten with a spoon. This thicker volume also lets you add lots of toppings to your smoothie without having them sink to the bottom of the bowl!
Think of this rainbow smoothie bowl as something a little bit like having an ice cream sundae for breakfast. Start with that smoothie base and customize it with any toppings you like—just make sure you use a rainbow of colors!
What you need
- For the smoothie – Frozen raspberries, frozen banana, coconut milk, flaxseed meal (optional)
- For the toppings – Raspberries, cherries, blueberries, kiwi, mango, pineapple, shredded coconut
Ingredient note: The fruit is frozen to help give your rainbow smoothie bowl a thick, creamy texture. Fresh fruit doesn’t reach the same consistency, although adding a handful of ice cubes will help.
How to make it
Assemble the ingredients. Add the frozen raspberries, frozen banana, coconut milk, and flaxseed meal to your blender.
Tip: Pour the coconut milk in first, then layer in the other ingredients. Adding the liquid in first is always a good idea with smoothies because it helps prevent air pockets from forming, which can stop the blade.
Blend. Turn on your blender and blend the smoothie ingredients for 30 to 45 seconds, or until all of the fruit is pureed smooth.
Finish. Divide the smoothie base into bowls, then arrange the fruit in a rainbow on top. Sprinkle the coconut over the bowls and serve.
Smoothie bowls are as healthy as you make them! Load them with calorie-dense, sugary, or unhealthy ingredients and they’re not exactly the best way to start the day, but make them with a variety of fruits and whole food ingredients and smoothie bowls can be quite healthy, with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats.
Açaí bowls are a tropical version of smoothie bowls made with frozen açaí pulp. So, basically, açaí bowls are a type of smoothie bowl!
We use coconut milk in this rainbow smoothie bowl for some healthy fats and a rich, thick consistency, but you can also use dairy milk, plant-based milks, juice, or even water.
How to make this rainbow smoothie bowl your own
Here are some ways to switch up this rainbow smoothie bowl recipe.
- Use different fruits. Blackberries can be swapped in for blueberries; green grapes work instead of kiwi; replace the mango with orange segments. (Of course, you don’t have to keep the rainbow theme, either. Use whatever you have on hand!)
- Make it super-powered. Add superfood ingredients like hemp hearts, chia seeds, bee pollen, and collagen peptides to pack more nutrition into your smoothie bowl
- Add some protein. A scoop of unflavored protein powder will give your smoothie bowl a boost, or use vanilla protein powder for protein and flavor. If you’re trying to add more protein to your breakfast, you might also like our protein pancakes.
- Surround your rainbow with clouds. And by clouds, we mean dollops of fluffy coconut whipped cream. Yum!
Make Ahead Ideas
You can blend the rainbow smoothie bowl base ahead of time, then freeze it in an airtight container or freezer for up to 2 months. Let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
Another option is to cut the fruit the night before. Then all you’ll have to do is blend the smoothie and assemble in the morning!
Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours, but note that the consistency will change—it will be thinner after refrigerating.
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Get the Recipe: Rainbow Smoothie Bowl
For the smoothie:
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- 1 medium frozen banana
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal (optional)
For the toppings (approx. ¼ cup of):
- ¼ cup raspberries
- ¼ cup cherries
- ¼ cup blueberries
- ¼ cup sliced kiwi
- ¼ cup chopped pineapple
- ¼ cup chopped mango
- 1-2 tablespoons shredded coconut
- Add the frozen raspberries, frozen banana, coconut milk and flaxseed meal to your blender.
- Blend until smooth – about 30-45 seconds.
- Pour into your bowl(s).
- Add your rainbow of fruit toppings and sprinkle over the desiccated coconut.
- You can blend the rainbow smoothie bowl base ahead of time, then freeze it in an airtight container or freezer for up to 2 months. Let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
- Another option to make this ahead is to cut the fruit the night before. Then all you’ll have to do is blend the smoothie and assemble in the morning!
- Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours, but note that the consistency will change—it will be thinner after refrigerating.
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